Crossroads to Jericho & Some Cicadas

I did not have the sewing machine out at all in May; everything that I was doing involved handwork.

I am playing catch-up now in regards to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. May’s color was green. I made four green blocks and a green / teal transition block and added them on to Crossroads to Jericho, which is the name of the quilt in the ‘Big Book of Scrap Quilts.

Crossroads to Jericho with green May blocks added

I finished up the green peels for May and I did start piecing some blocks for June’s color.

Green peals and 3 June RSC blocks

Meanwhile I was weeding around the tomatoes in preparation to staking them and was happy to see that my marigolds were coming up.

marigolds coming up by the tomatoes

By now, I forget what insect I am keeping at bay by planting marigolds next to the tomatoes but I do it every year.  Scattered about were myriad cicada wings. The birds eat the cicadas but they rip off the wings first.

cicada wings in garden area

I reside in Southwestern Pennsylvania and cicadas are something that we have in the latter part of summer. Right now we have the 17-year cicadas. This brood comes up out of the ground every 17 years in the spring,  and there are a lot of them! There seem to be more and more each day. Their sound starts mid-morning and is the strongest for a few hours in the afternoon. It sounds as if aliens have landed, though I do find it to be relaxing.

They make this sound by flexing their tymbals, which are drum-like organs found in their abdomens. Small muscles rapidly pull the tymbals in and out of shape — like a child’s click-toy. The sound is intensified by the cicada’s mostly hollow abdomen. Female and some male cicadas will also make a sound by flicking their wings, but it isn’t the same as the song cicadas are known for.” If you do not have cicadas in your part of the country, information about them and their ‘music’ can be found HERE.

Well I asked one of them to sit still for my blog post and he very nicely did. ( if you mow or weedwhack in the afternoon when they are most active, they may swarm you…the sound or vibration resonates with their mating instinct.)

cicada 4

cicada 2

You have to feel sorry for them. 17 years underground, only to come up for a few short weeks, mate, be fodder for the birds, fish, dogs, and sometimes people actually eat them as well ( roasted, etc. ) and then poof!  Done for another 17  years.


cicada 3

I hope that this little guy makes it through and doesn’t get eaten since he was so patient while posing for me :)

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27 Responses to Crossroads to Jericho & Some Cicadas

  1. Chris says:

    It is nice to have a finish once in a while. Justifies starting something new. I picked up m granddaughter from school today and we went on a date. Supper out and picked up some hanging baskets for Gramma’s porch and some marigolds for her to grow and show at the local fair in Sept.

  2. Your Crossroads to Jericho blocks are amazing! I will have to check out that pattern.

  3. Robin says:

    We had cicadas when we lived in Las Vegas. They weren’t as colorful as the one in your photos. Those orange eyes are something else.

  4. Your scrap challenge blocks look very good sewn together. How large are you planning on going with the piece?

  5. Karen says:

    love your bugs, your quilts and your garden :)

  6. You are a great photographer. Where do you find the time to do all the sewing and the picture taking also?

  7. Kim says:

    Your photos are stunning…as always. I can’t believe you do so much by hand. Truly talented!

  8. Susan says:

    Beautiful photos, Deb. I love your quilt blocks. And I love that you do so much by hand. My mother always hand pieced – even a postage stamp quilt which I’m sure had 1000 pieces in it. But to me, that’s what makes it special. And the simple act of hand sewing is so soothing, isn’t it.

  9. Deb says:

    Funny, I put marigolds by my tomato plants and when the kids asked why I had no idea what bug either. I just know my Mom always did it. Seems to be working.

  10. When we lived in KS, we had plenty of cicadas, and I know first hand what it sounds like. :-) I plant Marigolds with my tomatoes as well. But, I’ve had a really strange thing happen to some of my Marigolds. They are being stripped to the main stem of all their leaves. I can’t figure out who or what it taking them out. :-)

  11. Joyce says:

    Your photos are always wonderful, but the last one of your little friend – wow! Perfect!
    I remember cicadas from when I was little. They freaked me out at how big they were. Not sure what goes on here, but I haven’t seen – or heard! – one for ages – not even this spring.
    I wonder how long it took – and how fascinating it was – to study them closely enough to be able to determine how they actually make their sound.

  12. Stunning photos of the cicadas Deb they are so so clear and you can zoom right in and see how delicately they are made nature is amazing. We have them here and when it is extremely hot and dry they can be deafening and it is so strange how they all stop at once and their is NO sound at all. I like your rainbow quilt it is going to be a stunner. A great blog to loose time in. Cheers Glenda

  13. Susan says:

    Great piecing projects, as varied and lovely as your hand work.

  14. Jann Olson says:

    Your quilt is beautiful! You’ve really accomplished a lot. We do not have cicadas. I found the information very interesting. Especially the birds nipping off the wings first. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  15. Stacey says:

    I always wonder if cicadas and locusts are the same thing. We have locusts and to me they sound like summer. :)

    Thanks for telling me about the spam protection you were seeing the other day. I have no idea what that was. Sometimes it seems there are just glitches that work themselves out.

  16. Debbie H says:

    When I was a child in Ohio I was afraid of cicadas. I don’t remember them being that colorful. Of course I never got very close so they could have been.

  17. Dewena says:

    Has it really been 17 years since the last ones? Maybe I’ll hibernate inside this summer. I’m terrified of them.

  18. Beautiful quilt, Deb. We had cicadas in Illinois last year and I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many before.

  19. Love those cicada photos. Glad you could capture them before they go away for another 17 years.

  20. Ivani Vieira says:

    Here there are cidadas every year. You got great shots and made great progress with the Crossroads to Jericho

    • debralynnpugh says:

      Ivani we have them every year as well / this is just a special batch. Unfortunately by now there are a bazillion of them in my backyard, swarming over every tree and bush.

  21. Those Crossroads to Jericho blocks are great in all the different colors! I like how you are sewing them together as you go. Interesting info about the cicadas, too!

  22. Magpie Sue says:

    Great blocks. We had cicadas in TX; I did *not* find their “music” soothing!

  23. Grandma Kc says:

    Your pictures are great but ew ew ew ew ew!

  24. barb says:

    nice nine patch
    great great photos of the cicada!!

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